Get ready for your delusions to be brought to the surface and burned alive over the latest release from Swedish Metal rockers, Apocalypse Orchestra. Kicking off as though you were lining up to grab your life by the horns, Apocalypse Orchestra goes head first into warrior mode over an inspirational and motivational bang over the first track, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”.
Rounding to second with an opening feel that is akin to an Opeth track back in the ‘Still Life’ glory days, the haunting instrumentals over “Pyre” gets your blood curdling as your yearning for what’s to come continues to rise as you look fear dead in the eyes. The fourth track, “Exhale”, scares the moral majority with an eerie opening that extends into the mesmerizing and deeply potent vocals of Apocalypse Orchestra’s lead vocalist, Erik Larsson.
Continuing to create music that carries the effect of watching a horror movie, the fifth track, “Theatre of War”, is abounding with subliminal gore over a soft instrumental dissonance that carries immense resonance. Bagpipes awaken a sense of freedom over the sixth track, “The Great Mortality”, which lightens the mood over a fanatical tone influenced by a sense of denial of one’s own mortality. The seventh track, “To Embark”, is a summation of the dark imprint that Apocalypse Orchestra desires to embed into the minds of otherworldly listeners as the track emits the energy of encountering inner highs and lows as an individual traverses through their own life and minds low blows.
Picking up the pace to close with a heavy track, “Here be Monsters”, the malevolence of the lyrical content is prevalent as scars that have been molded through one’s own perception both new and old come alive and frighten the bloody guts out of listeners with a conviction that is both commanding and compelling.
If you’re a fan of hauntingly mesmerizing bands such as Iron Maiden, Opeth, and Dream Theater, then strap up for a ride over an album abounding with crushing darkness by Swedish Doom Metal band, Apocalypse Orchestra.